Saturday, June 16, 2007

Stand Up Boat Rodding?

I’ve been thinking about how great it would be if I could easily get out on some of the ponds, lakes and flats around New England to do some fly rodding.

I remember back in the 80s reading in the fly fishing magazines about using a float tube and although it certainly looked interesting, it seemed to be somewhat unnatural.

You’re submerged up to your midsection and have paddles on your feet, not to mention the fact that you have to inflate the thing and walk to the water looking like some delinquent baby huey.

Possibly if I tried it I might feel different, but still, I would rather use something more boat like where I could stand comfortably and cast similarly to the way I do in a stream.

A small boat or canoe might work but neither is easy to transport and both may lack the true stability required for fly fishing with all its false casting.

Well, I recently did a little Googling around and sure enough there is a local manufacturer of an extremely interesting twin-hull kayak that seems like it is exactly perfect for stand up fly fishing.

Called the WaveWalk Fishing Kayak, it’s uniquely stable and portable platform that, weighing in at a mere 56 pounds, can be strapped to your car top and launched with ease.

It’s like having a large pair of magic floating boots!

Watch the following video and see for yourself.

There are a host of other interesting videos posted at the WaveWalk website some showing the craft being demoed and some even highlight it’s use in the ocean with breaking surf!

It’s a bit pricy, around $1000 for one with a couple of built in rod holders but since this thing doubles for a two person (or one adult and two little kids) kayak, it may justify the expense.

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